“Your lordship's most obliged servant”: letters from Louis Fraser to the thirteenth Earl of Derby, 1840 to 1851

“Your lordship's most obliged servant”: letters from Louis Fraser to the thirteenth Earl of... ABSTRACT: Louis Fraser, sometime curator of the museum of the Zoological Society of London, was described by his contemporaries as a protégé of the 13th Earl of Derby, an “excellent naturalist”, a “zoological traveller” and the author and publisher of Zoologica typica . Published sources provide some information about Fraser but it is not entirely supported by papers in the Public Record Office, Kew, by the minutes of the council meetings of the Zoological Society of London and by Lord Derby's correspondence held at Liverpool and Philadelphia. Fraser corresponded with Lord Derby for eleven years between 1840 and 1851 and his letters to Lord Derby, together with other archives, provide a more accurate and detailed account of this eventful decade of his life, which included his experiences as zoologist on the 1841 naval expedition to the River Niger and his visit to Tunisia in 1846 collecting for Lord Derby about which, hitherto, little has been written. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Natural History Edinburgh University Press

“Your lordship's most obliged servant”: letters from Louis Fraser to the thirteenth Earl of Derby, 1840 to 1851

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Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press
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0260-9541
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1755-6260
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10.3366/anh.2004.31.1.102
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ABSTRACT: Louis Fraser, sometime curator of the museum of the Zoological Society of London, was described by his contemporaries as a protégé of the 13th Earl of Derby, an “excellent naturalist”, a “zoological traveller” and the author and publisher of Zoologica typica . Published sources provide some information about Fraser but it is not entirely supported by papers in the Public Record Office, Kew, by the minutes of the council meetings of the Zoological Society of London and by Lord Derby's correspondence held at Liverpool and Philadelphia. Fraser corresponded with Lord Derby for eleven years between 1840 and 1851 and his letters to Lord Derby, together with other archives, provide a more accurate and detailed account of this eventful decade of his life, which included his experiences as zoologist on the 1841 naval expedition to the River Niger and his visit to Tunisia in 1846 collecting for Lord Derby about which, hitherto, little has been written.

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Archives of Natural HistoryEdinburgh University Press

Published: Apr 1, 2004

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